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Wilder and Fury fight ends in controversial draw

By John J. Raspanti

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On his back and not moving, Tyson Fury looked, for all intents and purposes, knocked out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Saturday night.

 

WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, behind on the scorecards, certainly thought so. Wilder had landed the bomb he needed to retain his belt. But wait, not so fast. Fury got up, and a minute later, hurt the exhausted Wilder with a jolting right hand.

 

To the naked eye, the gigantic Fury appeared to have done more than enough to deserve the decision. He boxed well, befuddling Wilder with clever movement and fast hands. Wilder made things interesting by flooring Fury in round nine, and seemingly knocking out “The Gypsy King” in the last round.

 

One would think that eight or nine rounds of sustained consistency would have been enough to overcome two knockdowns. Think again.

 

A gasp echoed through the crowd as judge Alejandro Rochin’s scorecard had Wilder winning the fight by an improbable 115-111 score. Maybe Rochin was gazing out at the crowd of celebrities during the bout. Or worse, perhaps he had fallen asleep. Whatever it was, he should never be allowed to judge a championship fight again.

 

Robert Tapper saw Fury the winner by a 114-112 tally. OK, that’s better. The card of Canada’s Phil Edwards would be the decider. The announced crowd of 17, 678 buzzed in anticipation. Edwards announced score of 113-113 caused boos to cascade through the arena.

 

For the record, Maxboxing had Fury the winner by a 114-112 score.

 

Had Fury been robbed of one of the greatest comebacks in boxing history? Pretty much yeah. Down and out for three years, due to drugs and depression, Fury had made it all the way back to the mountain top. He deserved the victory.

 

The fight had gone the way that most had predicted. Fury, the boxer, used angles to score points. He ducked, jived and jabbed. Wilder, the slugger, was loading up with almost of all of his punches. Fury appeared to be way ahead on points when Wilder floored him with a right to the noggin in round nine. The suddenness was shocking, showing that Wilder is never completely out of a fight.

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Fury came right back in round 10 to dominate Wider with combinations. Wilder looked surprised, as Fury tattooed him with blows. He looked even more surprised in the 12th and final round, when a right to the head, followed by a sweeping left sent Fury crashing to the canvas. Fury barely beat the count, and showed real moxie, and heart, by winning the last minute of the stanza.

 

Wilder didn’t agree with the decision.

 

“I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight,” said Wilder after the bout. “We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight.”

 

Fury saw it differently.

 

“We’re on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,” said Fury. “I hope I did you all proud after nearly three years out of the ring. I was never going to be knocked down tonight. I showed good heart to get up. I came here tonight and I fought my heart out.​"​

 

Yes you did, Tyson, and for that, you deserved to go home with the belt.

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Photo: German Villasenor
Photo: German Villasenor

Wilder didn’t agree with the decision.

 

“I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight,” said Wilder after the bout. “We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight.”

 

Fury saw it differently.

 

“We’re on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,” said Fury. “I hope I did you all proud after nearly three years out of the ring. I was never going to be knocked down tonight. I showed good heart to get up. I came here tonight and I fought my heart out.​"​

 

Yes you did, Tyson, and for that, you deserved to go home with the belt.

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